Corruption Watch censures Vavi

The Cosatu Secretary-General has been banned from speaking on the anti-corruption body's behalf.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch has censured Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi following his admission that he had an extra-marital affair with a subordinate.

Vavi will not be allowed to speak in his capacity as a Corruption Watch board member on any public issue.

However, he will remain a board member.

In a statement released on Friday, the anti-corruption body said it has asked Vavi to explain the process he followed to appoint the Cosatu junior employee - who had accused him of rape,before withdrawing the accusation - and to explain the nature of their relationship.

Vavi has been informed of the decision to censure him and has accepted the sanction.

Although the woman withdrew her sexual harassment claims against Vavi during at an internal Cosatu hearing, he has been publicly criticized for his actions in light of being married and a political leader.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has been mum on whether or not Vavi will face an internal disciplinary process for gross misconduct.

Cosatu leaders had on Tuesday decided to call a special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting to decide whether Vavi must face a disciplinary hearing.

He's claimed his enemies are trying to oust him from Cosatu.

The general secretary believes the woman, who claimed he raped her in her office, forms part of a political plot to oust him.